INTP Personality Types and Team Building
Your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type can affect how you learn, make decisions and process information as well as aid in successful team building and how you collaborate with others. Understanding your behavioral tendencies can help you anticipate how you may feel or react in a broad range of circumstances, as well as identify any areas of improvement and take steps to become an even stronger team member. In this post, let’s examine the Introverted-Intuitive-Thinking-Perceiving (INTP) Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Personality Type and how they contribute to their occupational teams.
As introverts, INTPs often prefer to work independently. They are naturally curious people who examine issues and delve into details using rational, empirical approaches. They tend to think through a determined course of action before executing it step-by-step, and they are especially interested in any long-term implications or consequences. While some may see their attention to detail as a strength, others may become frustrated by their tendency to overthink or over analyze issues that could be simple or straightforward. When team building and functioning within a team, INTPs may find it helpful to focus on facts and implications when presenting their position, in addition to staying focused on actual events rather than hypotheticals.
Team leaders can maximize INTPs’ contributions by providing them sufficient autonomy to exercise their creativity and explore problems and solutions freely. While they may be unresponsive as they undergo their investigations, they typically emerge with significant insights and ideas. That said, it may be helpful to set expectations or even “ground rules” as parameters for fostering teamwork and team spirit during the team building process, as opposed to simply “setting them loose.” For example, a team leader might schedule a meeting to kick off a project, then explicitly provide a few days for individual research or brainstorming, followed by a second meeting at which everyone will be expected to propose an approach or solution. Each individual could be assigned to focus on a different aspect of the problem, depending on their own expertise and experience.
INTPs and their colleagues should be aware that their proclivity for empirical data and logic, while valuable in many contexts, can create tension when implementing an ideal solution that is not possible. INTPs should bear in mind that practicality and feasibility are part of evaluating potential solutions. Furthermore, some INTPs may lose interest in a problem during implementation, as their primary interest is the challenge of finding a solution. Being aware of this tendency can help INTPs stay motivated throughout the team building operational lifecycle.
As with other aspects of team building, INTPs may also manage stress differently from their colleagues. When posed with a stressful situation, INTPs’ first instinct is to analyze it and develop a course of action to mitigate it. This logical approach may be surprising or even disconcerting to colleagues who may simply need a moment to take a breath before diving in.
Collectively, these insights are meant to help INTPs themselves, as well as the teams of which they are a part, operate more effectively, efficiently, and harmoniously.
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